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As an American Rugby player at Oxford, Rhodes Scholar Vincent W. Jones, 24, a blond California giant (6 ft. 3 in., 227 Ibs.), had several surprises. Jones knew the rules, but not the British customs. After his first Oxford game—against Richmond, on Oct. 16—he assumed that he had made the team, showed up the following Monday for practice. But the other players were shocked, and the team secretary took him aside and explained patiently that one must not show up for practice unless one receives an engraved invitation (5 in. by 3 in.) from the team captain.

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